On Wednesday MTV announced they were canceling the TV Reality show “Buckwild”
In a statement the network wrote, “After careful consideration, MTV will not be moving forward with season two of ‘Buckwild’ in West Virginia.” Explaining they continued, “We love the cast and the show and this was not an easy decision, but given Shain’s tragic passing and essential presence on the show, we felt it was not appropriate to continue without him”
Last week MTV reported that cast member Shain Gandee was found dead in a vehicle, along with his uncle and another unidentified person, in a remote area of Sissonville, West Virginia.
The trio perished while “off-roading” in a remote area after their vehicle overturned, trapping the three. They died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
“Buckwild” is a show that followed a number of young adults living in the town of Sissonville. When the show initially started MTV took some heat for the partying lifestyle portrayed by the group. After the tragic event, which occurred at 3 a.m. after the three had left a local bar, MTV suspended production.
A spokesman for MTV told Reuters that the network plans on running a tribute show to Gandee on Sunday, but will not be airing any of the footage shot for season 2.
MTV is reporting that Shain Gandee from the MTV reality show ‘Buckwild’ was found dead in a vehicle along with his uncle and another unidentified person, in a remote area of Sissonville, West Virginia.
Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department Corporal Brian Humphreys confirmed that the bodies of 21-year-old Shain Gandee, his 48-year-old uncle David Gandee, and a third unidentified person were found Monday morning.
As the investigation continues Humphreys said it does not appear there was any foul play. There were reports that the Ford Bronco was submerged in water, but Humphreys could not confirm the report. There was no indication that another vehicle was involved.
The area known as Thaxton Hollow is “very muddy, very rough,” according to Humphreys. Investigators are using all terrain vehicles to access the remote area near Sissonville.
Gandee Candy, as his fans called him, had been reported missing over the weekend and was last seen with his uncle David Gandee around 3 a.m. Sunday morning in a local bar. As the trio left the bar they told fellow patrons they were going off-roading in Shain’s Bronco.
MTV said in a statement, “We are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Shain Gandee, and those involved in this tragic incident. We are waiting for more information but at this time, our main concern is for the Gandee family and their friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Shain had a magnetic personality, with a passion for life that touched everyone he met and we will miss him dearly.”
Shain Gandee was known for his wild stunts and happy-go-lucky disposition and was considered a breakout star of the show.
The second season of ‘Buckwild’ just started shooting, but was suspended on Monday.
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Yesterday the Skin Cancer Foundation filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, asking that the F.T.C. to use its authority under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act to investigate MTV’s Jersey Shore television series, along with other related initiatives related to the promotion of cancer causing behavior.
The highly rated MTV television show is no stranger to controversy, from cast members onscreen violent outbursts, to their off screen antics.
According to the complaint the Foundation alleges that, “MTV utilized a complex web of programming, advertising, promotion and merchandising to glamorize and endorse excessive tanning as socially enhancing and beneficial, through use of the cast’s ‘Gym, Tan, Laundry’ ritual, without disclosing the related health risks.”
The show just wrapped up its sixth and final season, and to commemorate the event MTV, aired a series of farewell programs, including a one hour retrospective called “Gym, Tan, Look Back.”
The series, according to the complaint, reached nearly nine million viewers at the show’s peak.
While the show has shuttered its doors, the complaint goes on to describe the continuation of such behavior through spin-offs and repeats, which will expose this disturbing behavior to an impressionable audience for years to come.
In a press release issued today, the President and Founder of The Skin Cancer Foundation explained, “While experts have long suspected a link between skin cancer and tanning beds, it was not until a few years ago that we had research studies definitively showing a connection. The fact is, tanning beds cause skin cancer,” he went on to say, “As the series progressed over the years, displays of tanning behaviors grew in frequency along with the cast’s influence over viewers, to the point where the expression ‘Gym, Tan, Laundry’ became a national catchphrase. The repeated and ongoing references to tanning as a harmless activity are dangerous and hazardous to the public’s health.”
In September 2012 the Foundation met with MTV executives, requesting that MTV include a warning with each episode and in conjunction with the sale of items and activities that promote tanning. MTV refused, prompting the Foundation to file the complaint with the F.T.C., in the hope that the Commission would require the use of such a warning.
On a disturbing note, in episode 13 of season two, cast member Paul DelVecchio (Pauly D) enthusiastically nominated himself “Most Likely to Get Skin Cancer.”